If you haven’t read any of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files novels, you really should – Butcher gives us magic with a touch of hard-boiled detective in his series about Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, an honest-to-goodness wizard who hires himself out as a detective for those “odd” cases – the ones that can’t be explained away so easily. There was even a SciFi Channel (ah, the good old days) series that only lasted for a season – they were robbed, by the way, that was a good show.
Ghoul Goblin is a new Dresden Files comic written by the series author, Jim Butcher, and Mark Powers. The book takes place after the events of the second novel, Fool Moon, which sets a few background pieces into place for the story. If you haven’t read any of the books or seen the show, please don’t let that stop you from checking this book out. All you need to know is summed up nicely in the two paragraphs that introduce you to the story, and everything else is fleshed out nicely in the pages.
Butcher uses the hard-boiled detective novel convention of the inner monologue nicely here, just as he does in the novels. There’s a great pace for both dialogue and Dresden’s inner voice, giving the reader the whole story. There’s a flashback that draws us into the main storyline, an introduction to Dresden – in yet another one of the crazy situations he seems to find himself in – and then we get to the story at hand. In Ghoul Goblin, Dresden’s called in to investigate a series of homicides that lead to a family living with a terrible curse. With all of the key pieces set up, we’re ready for the next issue.
Give the book a shot – and while you’re waiting for the next issue, go pick up a Dresden novel. You need a little magic in your life.
The Dresden Files: Ghoul Goblin #1 (of 6)
Writer: Jim Butcher & Mark Powers
Artist: Joseph Cooper
Cover: Ardian Syaf
UPC: 725130200624 00111
On Sale: January 9, 2013
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